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Day Five -Renewed in Christ

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16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

 

Sunday's Sermon

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Today's Devotional

 

Our family drives used vehicles. We’ve never owned a brand-new vehicle – mostly because of the cost but also because we realize that with five young kids it will not be new for long!

One of the fun challenges with new-to-us cars is to clean them up to be as nice as they can be. My dad has become an expert in making used cars look new, so I often ask him about which brands work best. I have to do that because they all sound like they can do miracles for your vehicle – giving it a showroom shine, causing it to have that new car smell, making it feel like you’re driving a brand new car.

For all the ways that products fall short in keeping their lofty promises, we’re reminded in today’s passage that Christ actually makes us NEW. We are a new creation. In last Sunday’s sermon, we heard that we’re being renewed “in the image of [our] Creator” (Col 3:10). It somehow makes sense that the One who created us is also the One who is uniquely able to re-create us.

This coming Sunday, we’ll study Colossians 3:12-17, where we see in detail what our new life in Christ looks like. We’ll see that life in Christ means that we’re powerfully transformed for the better.

 

Today's Challenge

 

Challenge: To prepare for Sunday, slowly read Colossians 3:12-17. Which phrases jump out at you? Which virtues are often missing in your life?

Pray that God would give you a desire for renewal in your walk with Him. By the power of the Holy Spirit, ask that He would make all things new in you.

 

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